The Israeli Army Told us to Flee South to Avoid their Airstrikes. Then they Bombed us There, Too. – Tareq S. Hajjaj 10/17/23


Nowhere is safe in Gaza as Israel commits massacres in the areas it designated as “safe zones” for civilians. People fear that Joe Biden’s visit will give Israel the green light to wipe Gaza off the map.

Editor’s note: Due to the wide-ranging power outage in the Gaza Strip, the following report by Mondoweiss Gaza Correspondent Tareq Hajjaj was conveyed to editors via voice note.

The situation in Khan Younis is horrific. Since Israel told the residents of northern Gaza to flee south, people came here thinking it would be a safe haven and that there wouldn’t be anymore more airstrikes, destruction, or targeting of civilians. The opposite has happened.

The shellings continue. It was a bloody night in Khan Younis yesterday. Indiscriminate bombing. Terrifying noises that we’ve never heard before, not even in Gaza. Every missile made the ground shake and houses tremble.

Up to this moment, people are fleeing to the south from the Zaytoun and Shuja’iyya areas in Gaza City in the north. Entire families carry what belongings they can and even fasten furniture to their cars. They make their way to the city of Khan Younis, to Nuseirat.

In the southern Bureij region — which was designated by the Israeli army as a “safe zone” where civilians were directed to flee — Israel committed a massacre in a school sheltering refugees. In Khan Younis, another family was also targeted by an airstrike, in which 30 people were killed as their house was brought down on top of them. These massacres are being committed on a daily basis. They are targeting civilians directly in their homes, in schools, and in public streets. Since last night and until this afternoon, over 100 people have been martyred in these so-called “safe” areas. The Israeli army tells people to go there and then bombs it. This started on the very first day of the evacuation to the south when a convoy of civilian cars fleeing Gaza City was hit with an airstrike….

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